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Friday, November 25, 2016

Time to speak out before it is too late

Canada, get off your high horse

In the wake of the rising right, it’s time for us to get to work

There’s no question about it: Michelle Obama was a gem among the dung pile that was this U.S. election. Her speeches were filled with words to live by, especially her speech at the Democratic Convention when she said:

When they go low, we go high.

Unfortunately, half of the U.S. went very low this week and voted for a man who has glorified sexual assault, abused whole groups of people, and — well, you know the rest. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Canadian who can’tprovide a lengthy list of all of Donald Trump’s transgressions.
But there is a twisted silver lining to Trump’s win:
The deep-seated, bigoted underbelly of our society — which for so long functioned covertly — has finally reared its head for all to see. Though the unapologetic racism and misogyny of this election has left many of us sick to our stomachs, the visibility of this bigotry allows us to assemble and face it head on.
And yes, I do mean us. Such prejudices and attitudes are not just a problem for our southern friends. It’s on Canadian soil as well, though perhaps in more insidious forms.

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